Toyota setting up social networking service

(AP) - Toyota is setting up a social networking servicewith the help of a U.S. Internet company so drivers can interactwith their cars in ways similar to Twitter and Facebook.

Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp. and Salesforce.com, basedin San Francisco, announced their alliance Monday to launch"Toyota Friend," a private social network for Toyota owners thatworks similar to tweets on Twitter.

In a demonstration at a Tokyo showroom, an owner of a plug-inPrius found out through a cellphone message from his Prius called"Pre-boy" that he should remember to recharge his car overnight.When the owner plugged in his car to recharge it, the carreplied, "The charge will be completed by 2:15 a.m. Is that OK?See you tomorrow."

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